December 1 2020

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – Edition: #6862

Bully For You!

★ U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has demanded that Netflix label “The Crown” as fiction, in order to make it clear that certain events depicted in the show should not be taken as fact. In an interview he said: “It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that. Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.” Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer said last week that he also believes a disclaimer is necessary.
★ Ryan Seacrest doesn’t spend much time in L.A. these days — he’s living in New York where he co-hosts “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, so he’s selling the Beverly Hills home he bought from Ellen DeGeneres — and plans to make a tidy profit. He has reportedly listed the estate for $85 million, after paying $39 million for it in 2012. He spent another $2 million on an adjacent property. Seacrest will still commute to L.A. to do “American Idol,” but apparently he doesn’t need the massive estate for those quick trips.
★ The “Saved By the Bell” reboot came under fire recently after the show included references to Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant. The show garnered so much criticism for the references that “Respect Selena Gomez” became a trending topic on Twitter on Saturday. In response, Peacock, NBCUniversal, and the show’s executive producers released a statement, saying: “We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”
★ “Goonies never say die,” and the cast is still going strong 35 years later. The stars of the movie are getting together once again for a virtual reunion. The free event, featuring Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman and more, will support “No Kid Hungry” and their efforts to help those in need during the pandemic. This will be the second time the cast of the 1985 classic has reunited this year. A number of them, along with Cyndi Lauper, who sang the theme song, appeared on the web series “Reunited With Josh Gad”. The latest Goonies reunion will take place this Saturday.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): John Mulaney, Rita Wilson, Devon Gilfillian
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Smashing Pumpkins
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Bryan Cranston, Cori Bush
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Leslie Jones (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): John Lithgow, Gary Barlow
• “Conan” (TBS): Bert Kreischer (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Michael Eric Dyson
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jamie Dornan
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Justin Bieber, Russell Dickerson
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Kathie Lee Gifford, Taylor Tomlinson, Alicia Keys, Glennon Doyle
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Gordon Ramsay, Rosie Perez, Hoda Kotb
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): 10 men attend an art class in order to reveal themselves through their creative talent.
• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (CBS): The 1964 seasonal classic about the reindeer with the incandescent nose who guides Santa’s sleigh through a bad storm on Christmas Eve.
• “Let’s Make a Deal Primetime” (CBS): Celebrating the holidays with Christmas decorations and festive-themed games and deals.
• “Our OWN Christmas” (OWN): Uplifting holiday moments, surprise acts of giving and festive performances from Kierra Sheard, Erica Campbell, PJ Morton, Boyz II Men, and more.

• Miley Cyrus — released her new album “Plastic Hearts” on Friday, featuring collaborations with Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett and Billy Idol. Jett can be heard on ‘Bad Karma’ while Idol turns up on the duet ‘Night Crawling’. ‘Midnight Sky’, featuring Nicks, was released last month.
• Megan Thee Stallion – denies stealing a dress design for her “Fashion Nova” collection. She released her eponymous line with the online retailer last month, raking in more than $1.2 million in 24 hours, but has been hit with allegations from a designer who accused her of directly copying one of her dresses.
• Snoop Dogg — has once again joined forces with food delivery company Just Eat, and his new Christmas song ‘Doggy Dogg Christmas’ will be featured in the company’s 2020 Christmas ad, which begins airing today.
• Van Halen — Canadian documentarian Sam Dunn says he would love to make the “definitive” documentary about the band. Quote: “Van Halen, for me, has always been a bit of a Holy Grail story, particularly the David Lee Roth years.” Dunn has directed films on Rush, ZZ top and Iron Maiden, among others.
• Elton John – told an interviewer that he owns “over 120,000 CDs and 15,000 pieces of vinyl”, all stored at his home so he can “access whatever I want, whenever I want.” What was his first album? A Doris Day record his mother bought him after he had a tooth pulled.
• Oasis — Liam Gallagher wants to end his feud with estranged brother Noel by taking part in the TV show “The Great British Bake Off”. He says: “Maybe we’ll just bake some bread and that, or a cake, or throw strawberries at each other. Have a cream fight. That kind of stuff.” The two have been at odds since Oasis split in 2009. (Well, actually, forever…)
• David Bowie – The film “Stardust” has angered some fans, but director Gabriel Range says much of it comes down to viewers unfairly comparing it to recent Queen and Elton John biopics. Quote: “I hope rather than being a sing-along, (“Stardust”) tells you something that you actually didn’t know … It is a quiet, intimate film about a young man setting out on a journey as a performer.”
• Vince Gill – understands how Eagles fans feel when they say the band isn’t the same without the late Glenn Frey. Quote: “I don’t sing like Glenn, and I don’t pretend to…It’s my favorite band, too. I don’t want to hear me sing ‘New Kid in Town,’ but the other option is not possible. So, I’m just trying to do my part to keep some great songs afloat.”
• Garth Brooks – There is no song #13 on his new “Fun” album, and it has nothing to do with superstition. While there are 14 songs on the album, track 13 is actually two seconds of nothing. Track 12 is ‘Where the Cross Don’t Burn’ featuring Charley Pride, and Brooks explained that he wanted a moment of silence after the song for listeners to absorb it.

The benefits of having good neighbors extend to even after you sell your house and move away, according to an analysis of property values. Property experts say that selling a house in an area with tidy and well-kept neighboring properties could add £20,000 (US $26,700) to the value of your home. In their investigation of the impact of good neighbors on property values, they surveyed homeowners to determine which curb appeal features people would be willing to pay a premium for. 75% of respondents said they’d be willing to pay extra for neighbors with a well-kept yard. A well-kept driveway was worth more money to 67%, while the rest of the top-five things that people were willing to pay more money for were: No overflowing trash bins (58%), Bins out of sight (56%), and no construction work (51%).
(And how do they feel about living room furniture in the yard? Asking for a friend…)
(I just realized that I’m a big drag on the finances of my entire neighborhood…)
(As the father of two teenage girls, I’d be willing to pay extra for a house in a neighborhood with no teenage BOYS…)

It’s what some would consider a dream job, and to others it might be the 9th circle of Hallmark Hell, but one company is offering to pay someone to watch seasonal films, AND they’ll throw in a year’s worth of streaming from seven different services. is looking for a “Chief Holiday Cheermeister”, whose job will be to watch 25 festive films of their choice in 25 days, and fill out a short survey afterwards. It is a paying gig, but not well-paying. The successful applicant will net $2,500 for their efforts, plus those free streaming subscriptions.
(And after this, we’re sure you’ll NEVER use them to watch another Christmas movie!)
(You get to choose the festive movies – Here’s your chance, once and for all, to make it official: “Die Hard is a Christmas movie!)
(“Chief Holiday Cheermeister”? So, it’s a ceremonial position . . . much like mine, now that I think about it…)

How about some good news? New research says hot chocolate makes you smarter, and a faster thinker. In a study of 18 men, researchers at the University of Birmingham found that drinking cocoa improved participants’ ability to quickly solve a series of complex mental tests. How so? The scientists chalk it up to the brain-boosting compound flavanol, which is found naturally in chocolate. They found that after drinking hot chocolate, participants’ blood oxygenation levels increased up to threefold, and that their test times and accuracy rates improved by about 11%. But before you go all-in on clearing out the hot chocolate section of your local supermarket in time for exams, note this: Flavanols are also extremely common in a wide range of fruit and vegetables.
(Yes, but they aren’t as ‘flavorFULL’as hot chocolate!)
(The reason they used hot chocolate in the study is they couldn’t find 18 guys who would volunteer to sit around and eat fruit and veggies all day!)
(Maybe they finished their tests so quickly because they had to go to the washroom?)

➢ Extra:  Over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior.
➢ Tea:  Juicy gossip, typically shared between friends. It’s a bonding tool between people (like tea)
➢ Snatched:  Amazingly good, very attractive, flawlessly styled, etc.
➢ Flex:  To purposely brag, or show off something you have.
➢ Fit:  Another word for ‘outfit’.
➢ Slaps:  Something that is really good, as in “This pizza slaps.”
➢ No cap:  “No lie” or “For real”. (Whatever happened to “Freelz”?)
➢ Bet:  To understand or acknowledge a statement (i.e. “You bet”)
➢ Snacc:  An extremely attractive or sexy person (i.e., you want to gobble them up like a snack).”
(Start using these, and your kids will be “shook”!)

The world’s deepest pool opened in Poland last month. “Deepspot” has a depth of 148 feet (45 metres) and a water volume equivalent to 27 times that of an average 25m public swimming pool. Deepspot, which took 2 years to build, is set up as a diving school, but is also open to the public, and includes an underwater tunnel, restaurants and hotel rooms overlooking the pool. (Two years to build it, and two more to fill it?)


1935 [85] Woody Allen (Allen Stewart Konigsberg), Brooklyn NY, film director/writer/actor (“Blue Jasmine”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”)/2 Oscars (“Hannah & Her Sisters”, “Annie Hall”)

1945 [75] Bette Midler, Honolulu HI, pop singer (‘The Rose’)/movie actress (“The First Wives Club”)

1957 [63] Deep Roy, Nairobi Kenya, movie actor (“Big Fish”, and his body was digitally duplicated to play all the Oompa Loompas in the 2005 film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)

1970 [50] Sarah Silverman, Bedford NH, comedian/TV personality (“Sarah Silverman Program” 2007-10, movies/“Wreck-It Ralph”) COMING UP…”Marry Me”, 2021

1977 [43] Brad Delson, Agoura CA, rock guitarist (Linkin Park-‘Numb’, ‘In The End’)

1982 [38] Riz Ahmed, London England, movie actor (“Rogue One”, “Nightcrawler”)

1985 [35] Janelle Monáe, Kansas City KS, pop/soul singer/songwriter (‘Cold War’, fun. f/Janelle Monáe-‘We Are Young’)

1988 [32] Tyler Joseph, Columbus OH, rapper/singer (Twenty One Pilots-‘Heathens’, ‘Stressed Out’)

1988 [32] Zoe Kravitz, Venice CA, movie actress (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Divergent” series)/daughter of Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz. COMING UP…”The Batman”, 2022

2003 [17] Robert Irwin, Melbourne Australia, reality star (son of the late Steve Irwin and younger brother to Bindi Irwin/earned a Logie Award in 2013 for his role in “Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors”)

• “Advent Calendar Day”, the day many kids begin opening one compartment on their seasonal calendar each day through December 24th. (Who are we kidding? Through about Dec 10, when the rest mysteriously disappear.) [***See “BS Random Joke”, below***]

• “Antarctica Day”, begun in 2010 to celebrate the December 1, 1959 signature of the Antarctic Treaty, signed by 12 nations to set aside the entire continent (nearly 10% of the planet) to be forever used exclusively for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind.

• “World AIDS Day”, the annual day of AIDS awareness and education, first declared by the UN’s World Health Organization in 1988. The official symbol of “World AIDS Day” is the red ribbon. In some communities, the occasion is observed as “Day Without Art”.

• “Bifocals At the Monitor Liberation Day”, a day of lamentation for all those forced to tip their heads back open-mouthed in order to use a computer, thanks to their need for bifocal lenses. You’re encouraged to free yourself from blurry images today by getting an eye exam, whether you suffer from ‘presbyopia’ (the Greek word for ‘aging eye’) or not.

• “National Pie Day”, a special day set aside to bake your favorite pies. On this day, you are also encouraged to try a new pie recipe. (And most importantly, it’s a day to eat pies!)

• “Rosa Parks Day”, is celebrated on either February 4, her birthday, or on December 1, the anniversary of the date in 1955 when she was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. She has become a symbol of the American Civil Rights Movement.

[Wed] National Fritters Day
[Wed] National Mutt Day
[Thurs] Make a Gift Day
[Thurs] National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

2003 [17] World premiere of the 3rd and final “Lord Of the Rings” movie, “The Return Of the King”, in Wellington NZ (once the #2 top-grossing movie all-time, now it is #24, at $1.14 billion worldwide)

2004 [16] Longtime NBC News anchor and managing editor Tom Brokaw says good night for the last time on “NBC Nightly News”

1971 [49] John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ is released

2011 [09] It’s a good day for comedy writers and late-night talk show hosts as pop boy-band Hanson announces “MMMHop” beer (a take off on their one-and-only hit “MMMBop” in 1997)

2018 [02] Nick Jonas marries Priyanka Chopra in Jodhpur, India.

2019 [01] The earliest traceable patient, a 55-year-old man, develops symptoms of a novel coronavirus (COVID) in Wuhan, China

1997 [23] Using a technique called circular breathing, Kenny G sets the Guinness World Record for longest note held on a wind instrument (saxophone) at 45 minutes and 47 seconds. (in 2017 — Femi Kuti breaks the record, going 51:35)


✓ Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks. It builds bone, muscle, tissue, aids digestion, and is good for the teeth.
✓ Forrest Mars, the creator of Peanut M&M’s, was allergic to peanuts.
✓ ‘J’ is the only letter that doesn’t appear on the periodic table.
✓ The oldest webcam stream in operation is “The San Francisco FogCam”. It’s been online since 1994.
✓ There’s a town in Oklahoma named “Hooker” and its slogan is “It’s a location, not a vocation”.
✓-DidYouKnow, RandomFactGenerator

Best of BS . . .

• If crime doesn’t pay… does that mean my job is a crime?
• Do fish get thirsty?
• Do pilots take crash-courses?
• If nobody buys a ticket to a movie do they still show it?
• How do you know if honesty is the best policy unless you’ve tried some of the others?
• If you have a cold hot pocket, is it just a pocket?
• Why do they call it ‘chili’ if it’s hot?
• If you pamper a cow, do you get spoiled milk?
• What happened to Old Zealand?
• How did Walt Disney figure out how to make people pay to stand in lines all day and then come back for more the next day?
• How do you get off a nonstop flight?
-Fun-Stuff-to-do, first published in BS in 2017

➠ A report claims that the average person burns 0.19 calories while laughing. (Which means if you watch the new Kevin Hart stand-up special on Netflix, you’ll GAIN weight…)
➠ That mother of two who married a tree last year is celebrating her first wedding anniversary in England. (She’d like to move, but her spouse’s roots are in Great Britain.)
➠ Melania and President Trump received the White House Christmas Tree last week. The White House is expected to host the annual unveiling of the Christmas decorations this week. (Everyone who matters will be there. Also, Mike Pence.)
➠ Officials at British Airlines are investigating to see if a flight attendant is selling her body during flights and layovers. (This is TOTALLY unacceptable!!!  Are my air miles redeemable?)
➠ Fact of the Day: Billions of years from now, Earth will have a 30-hour day. (That’s ALL I need – an extra 6 hours a day of my kids playing video games in the basement…)

When you’re in the club and Mariah’s Christmas song comes on . . .

Which country song could have been written about your life?

“One door closes, another opens. One door closes, another opens. One door closes, another opens”.
That’s me, with a chocolate advent calendar…

Question:  85% of people admit that they have done THIS under the mistletoe. What is it?
Answer:  Kissed their pet

Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.


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